A Beginners Guide to KAM Snaps

Looking for a quick and easy fastening? We have put together this super handy beginners guide to all things KAM snaps!

What are KAM Snaps?

KAM snaps are high quality plastic fasteners, the perfect alternative to sew on buttons and metal snaps. They are made from polyacetal resin which is extremely strong and Oekotex certified, which means they’re safe for children’s clothing. They come in different sizes. In addition, there are lots of different colours to match all kinds of fabrics and projects.

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What do we need to apply KAM snaps?

KAM Snaps do not require any sewing and are applied with a snap setting tool. The most popular are the KAM pliers, which come with different die sets to suit all KAM snap sizes, an adjusting screwdriver, a rod for different fitting scenarios and a plastic-handled awl.

The pliers are great for light use. However if you think you’ll get hooked and will be fitting lots of plastic snaps, we’d recommend the KAM press

What is a KAM press?

A KAM press is a professional snap press, which is compatible with all KAM snap shapes and sizes. It is a small but mighty desktop press and the die sets for the different size KAM snaps can be swapped and changed without any tools. Moreover, if you’re looking to attach lots of KAM snaps with a snug professional finish, this is the one to go for.

How to use KAM snap pliers

Installing KAM snaps is easy and super quick. You will need 2 KAM snap caps, 1 stud (male) and 2 sockets (female).

Step 1: Pierce your fabric with an awl (Don’t worry, you get one of these included with your plier kit!)

Step 2: Place the point of one of the caps through the hole and place the male stud on top.

Step 3: Place in the KAM pliers making sure the cap is flush in the black sunken dish and squeeze the pliers well.

Step 4: Pierce through the other side of the fabric with the awl.

Step 5: Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the female part.

Woohoo! You have an attached KAM snap!

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Can you remove KAM snaps?

Yes you can! Over on the website we sell KAM snap removal pliers which are designed to cleanly remove KAM snaps from your projects. This is great if you want to reuse the KAM snaps on a project a little one has grown out of or maybe you’re upcycling! 

How to remove KAM snaps

Removing KAM snaps is really quick and easy. Furthermore, with the removal pliers you get the die sets to remove both the female and male sides of the snap. 

Step 1: Drop into the pliers the female or male die set, depending on which part of the KAM snap you’re removing.

Step 2: Tighten it up with the screwdriver provided in the pliers kit.

Step 3: Slot the installed KAM snap into the pliers so it is sitting flush in the die set.

Step 4: Squeeze the pliers until you hear a click, then the KAM snap should fall away from the project. 

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What kinds of projects can I use KAM snaps on?

We have tons of inspiration, tutorials and guides using KAM snaps! Here are some of them:

We hope you found this guide helpful! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions

14 thoughts on “A Beginners Guide to KAM Snaps”

  1. Can you use kam snaps on stretchy fabric, i used metal snaps on hats for my grandchildren and the fabric pulled away from the snaps as it stretched. Would it do the same with kam snaps?

    1. Hi Liz

      We’ve used it on fold over elastic before and it’s been fine, just ensure they are reenforced properly and you should be fine!

      Thanks x

      1. Thank you for replying to my question. I’m sorry to sound thick but what do you mean by re enforced properly? Using stretch fabrics and snaps is all new to me so any help is appreciated. Thank you.

      2. Hi Liz, you don’t sound silly at all! All reinforcing means is having another layer (or two) of fabric on the snap prong to add some extra strength. I had a Google and some of the photos here probably make it a little clearer – there’s a small piece of fabric between the snap and the fabric https://myhappycrazylife.com/remove-kam-snap/ I hope that makes sense!

  2. What are the sizes in mm? I have looked everywhere and can’t see how big they are, just 16, 20 and 22. Thanks

  3. Your tag says how to apply Kam snaps without pliers. I saw nothing in your article that explains this.

    1. Hi, I think that was an error/ typo! I have removed it… Apologies for any confusion. It’s not possible to apply KAM snaps without pliers or a press to my knowledge

  4. I am sewing baby clothes to sell. I am concerned about the legal requirements for safe fasteners for infants. I love the idea of KAM snaps but want to be sure they are safe. Can you direct me to information on this topic? Thank you.

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